8 Professional Plumbing Tools with Over 30 Variations


There are many different types of tools of which many overlap between plumbers, electrics and carpenters, so here is a guide to 8 professional plumbing tools with over 30 variations.

Today we will look at the 8 different categories of plumbing tool with over 30 different variations of professional plumbing tools and equipment for your home all the tools

8 Professional Plumbing Tools with Over 30 Variations for you to help with all the plumbing tasks in your home

  1. Grips and Spanners
  2. Pipe Cutters
  3. Screwdrivers
  4. Power Tools
  5. Drainage Tools
  6. Essential Plumbing Tools and Equipment
  7. Health and Safety
  8. Power Tool Kits

As a plumber myself with over 20 years experience I have used all different types of plumbing tools, therefore, I have the knowledge that I would like to share with you about all the different plumbing tools.

All the plumbing tools and equipment in this guide will help you with all your plumbing tasks and projects thought out you home, and even if you have just started in the plumbing trade.

Let’s take a look into all these Tools More Closely

Spanners and Grips

  1. Basin Spanner
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This tool is a plumbers friend as taps can be quite challenging to undo or tighten this is where the basin spanner comes in handy; they are a perfect tool for small spaces.

2. Immersion Spanners

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An immersion spanner is the best tool to use when trying to remove an immersion heater as they are the right size.

There any many different types of immersion spanners however I would also recommend this type as they are the strongest and easiest to use.

3. Adjustable Grips

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Every plumber will have these in the tool bag or box as they will be used every day, to tighten and loosen compression fittings.

4. Box Spanners

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These are great tools, as they are used to remove all different types of taps from basin, bath and kitchen mixer taps, they can fit to together to make it easier to unscrew any kind of nut that holds the tap on

Pipe Cutters

5. Junior Hacksaw

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All plumbers will have a hacksaw in the toolbox or bag as they are used to cut pipework, bolts and screw; however, the blades can break easily so I would keep spare blades.

6. Copper Pipe Cutters

There are many different types of pipe cutters these are

Monument Pipe Cutters

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Pipe Slice

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They are both great types of cutters the monument pipe cutter can also be used to clean of debris inside the copper pipe once it has been cut but cannot be used small spaces, where the pipe slice can be due to its slim design.

7. Plastic Pipe Cutters

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Depending on which plastic pipe you are cutting, for example, if you are cutting waste pipe then I would recommend a hacksaw if you are cutting plastic push-fit pipes such as JG or Hep20 then these cutters are perfect.


8. Flathead Screwdriver

No everyone should know what a flat screwdriver is however there are many different type plumbers use such as a dumpy screwdriver for those tight spaces.

When it comes to purchasing screwdrivers, you are the best purchase a pack which contains both flat head and Phillips screwdrivers. 

9. Phillips Head Screwdriver

No everyone should know what a Phillips screwdriver is however there are many different type plumbers use such as a dumpy screwdriver for those tight spaces.

When it comes to purchasing screwdrivers, you are the best purchase a pack which contains both flat head and Phillips screwdrivers. 

Flathead and Phillips screwdrivers

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10. Drill Bits and Screwdriver Sets

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Drill bits and screwdriver sets are a popular way to purchase a comminated set with all different types of drill bits from Mansory and wood drill bits.

The combined drill sets also come with different types of screwdriver bits that can be put into a drill and some even come with a screwdriver for them screwdriver bits

Power Tools

When it comes to power tools, there are many different types such as brand and voltage, and then there is corded or Cordless.

Power tools are a common discussion amongst tradespeople as they all have their brand of tools they like, such as Dewalt, Makita or Bosch, just to name a couple.

I have recommended Dewalt as these are the power tool I use, and therefore this is the brand of tools I would recommend. 

11. Drills

Most plumbers would carry and a mixture of cordless and corded drills to carry out different tasks, so if you are drilling a hole through a brick wall, you would most likely use a corded drill.

If you were fixing a shower to the wall, you would most likely use a cordless hammer drill; then there are screwdriver drill such as an impact driver.

18v Dewalt Hammer Drill   

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Dewalt Impact Driver

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12. Skill Saw

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Skill saws are used to remove floorboard as you can adjust the blade depth that makes it the perfect tools to remove the flooring without cutting the pipes and cables below the floor.

Skill saws also come as corded and cordless; I would always recommend the cordless just for ease of use.

13. Jig Saw

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Jigsaws are an excellent tool as you can use this to access hidden pipework in boxing as well as under the floor; these also come in corded and cordless, I would always recommend cordless.

14.  Wet Vacuum

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No most people don’t know this, but a wet vacuum is a vital tool for every plumber as you can suck out water form pipework or catch excess water when working on pipework.

Now for the secret part that not many people know you can use the wet vacuum to unblock most basins, baths, and kitchen sinks, you can also use the wet vacuum to clear small blockages in gully drains and toilet waste pipes.

Drainage Tools

15. Drain Rods

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Drain rods can be used for unblocking drains, gully drains and also a toilet, where most people would use a plumber to clear a blocked toilet so that they would be putting the head and hands near the water of the block toilet yuck.

I would use a drain rod with the plunger head-on, this makes a perfect seal around the outlet of the toilet which makes clearing blocked bathroom comfortable.

16. Drainage Worm

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if you ever get a stubborn blockage in a waste pipe from a basin, bath, shower or kitchen sink, then a drain worm is the best way to clear that block you can even use them with a small drainage CCTV camera, which takes me to drainage CCTV

17. Drainage CCTV

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When you think drainage CCTV you will most likely think lots of equipment and money, however, I’m not talking about drainage CCTV for drains but a small camera that can be used on a small waste pipe such as a basin, bath, shower or kitchen sink.

Plumbing Essentials

18. Pipe Benders

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All professional plumbers will have a set of pipe benders, as if they are like me fewer solder joints less chance of leaks.

If you purchase a set of pipe benders I would always recommend purchasing an extra set of guides as the guides from each brand can react differently to each set of pipe benders.

19. Blow Torches

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There are DIY blow torches then there are professional blow torches I’m sure we have all seen them small dumpy-looking blow torches, I would never recommend them, I would always recommend purchasing Rothenberg blow torches as most if not all plumbers merchant will sell the gas bottles that goes with that blow torch

20. Stop valve Key

A stop valve key used to turn off all main water supplies outside of the property, there are a couple of different types of stop valve key types these are the square head, and you shaped however you can also purchase a universal

Square Head Key

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U Shaped Head Key

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Universal Head Key

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21. Sprit Level

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Now we all know what a sprit level is so I will keep this short, a sprit level comes in many different size and brands the best brand, in my opinion, is Stanley

22. Flux

Plumbers use flux for soldering copper pipes together it is used before soldering as when the flux is heated the flux helps the solder to run around the fitting to fix the two copper pipes together. There are a couple of different types of plumber flux that plumber use; most beginners use ever flux as this is the most common flux around; however, I would always recommended


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23. Lead Free Solder

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Solder is used to fix pieces of copper pipes together all sold used in the UK is now lead-free.

24. Radiator Bleed Key

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Professional and DIY people should have a radiator bleed key as you use this key to bleed air out of a radiator to get the radiator hot at the top.

25. PTFE Tape

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PTFE tape is short for Polytetrafluoroethylene; however, PTFE tape is more commonly known as plumbers tape for everything.

PTFE tape is often used for everything however is should only be used on a male to female compression joints, so, for example, the thread on the tail going into the radiator.

26. Tape Measure

Every tradesmen and DIY should have a tape measure.

27. Touch

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You will need a touch for lofts and them tight little spaces you can also buy a great Dewalt touch as part of a complete Dewalt cordless set, if you read to the end I will give you all the information on what you get is those sets.

28. Solvent Weld Glue

This solvent weld glue is used to fix two plastic waste pipe fittings together, the cool thing about this solvent weld glue it that it will not stick anything else together other than plastic waste pipe fittings.

Word of Caution

When using solvent weld glue, you must use it in a well-ventilated space, do not use in confined areas.

Health And Safety

Health and safety is a massive part of being a plumber or any tradesmen for that matter, you must always look after yourself and other around you this means you need to wear PPE

PPE can vary depending on if you are working in other people’s homes or on a building site, you must always read the required PPE for every building site and comply with any requirements.

29. Gloves

There are different types and reasons for when and why you would wear gloves.

When unblocking a toilet or drain, you would like what to wear gauntlet gloves.

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When taking tiles off the wall or breaking out a wall to access pipework, you would wear Nitrile coated gloves or something similar

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Otherwise, you might wish to wear disposable gloves

30. Goggles

Being a plumber can always mean removing wall tiles and chasing out walls to access or install pipework into the wall so you should always wear gloves to portent your eyes

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31.  Heat Mat

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Heat mats are a significant bit of kit to have in your toolbox or bag as they are used when soldering to protect the surroundings from heat damage or fire.

Bonus – 5 Power Tool Kits

When it comes to purchasing power tools it can be rather expensive especially when you are buying them one by one so why not buy the full kit in one box

I have a full guide on all the different types of Dewalt power tools for you

1. Dewalt 18v XR Cordless 6 Piece Power Tool Kit 1


In The Box

  • Combi Drill
  • Planner
  • Multitool
  • Circular Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Worklight Touch
  • 3x 18v 5.0ah Batteries
  • Multi-voltage charger

2. Dewalt 18v XR Cordless 6 Piece Power Tool Kit 2


In The Box

  • Compact Hammer Drill
  • Impact Driver
  • 3 Mode SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Drill
  • Circular Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • LED Pivot Worklight Touch
  • 3x 18v 4.0ah Batteries
  • Multi-voltage charger

3. Dewalt 18v XR Cordless 3 Piece Power Tool Kit 1


In The Box

  • Impact Driver
  • 3 Mode SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Drill
  • Angle Grinder 125mm
  • 1x 18v 4.0ah Batteries
  • Battery charger

4. Dewalt 18v XR Cordless 3 Piece Power Tool Kit 2


In The Box

  • Compact Hammer Drill
  • Impact Driver
  • 3 Mode SDS Plus Rotary Hammer Drill
  • 1x 18v 4.0ah Batteries
  • Multi-voltage charger

5. Dewalt 18v XR Cordless 2 Piece Power Tool kit


In The Box

  • Impact Driver
  • Oscillating Multi Tool
  • 2x 18v 4.0ah Batteries
  • Multi-voltage charger

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